Recent medical studies show that some fruits and vegetables are amongst the foods that get rid of gout so it makes sense to increase your intake of these gout busting foods.
But not just any old fruit and veg; an effective anti gout diet must include fruit and vegetables that are high in vitamin C.
A recent study has shown that taking Vitamin C reduces your risk of getting this painful and debilitating disease. In fact for every 500 mg of Vitamin C taken your risk of getting gout was reduced by 17 per cent. This is great news for gout sufferers.
So the foods that get rid of gout include:
- citrus fruits and juices
- sweet red peppers
- collard greens
Anyone who takes at least 1500mg of Vitamin C each day reduces the risk of gout by around 45%. Almost half! This vitamin reduces the level of uric acid in the blood which stops uric acid crystallizing in the joints. An earlier study showed that people who ate more than 2 pieces of fruit each day got less attacks of gout that people who did not.
And Vitamin C rich fruit does more that lower the risk of gout. It also helps with
- production of the fibrous proteins that make up bone, cartilage, tendons and other connective tissues
- formation and repair of red blood cells
- protection against bruising
- aids the absorption of iron
- keeps gums healthy
- heal cuts and wounds
- strengthen the immune system
- protects against many cancers and heart disease
Gout is a disease caused by a disturbance in the metabolism of uric acid. During a gout attack crystals of uric acid form in the joints and this is what causes the excruciating pain. Gout occurs in 8.4 of every 1,000 people and is most common in men over the age of 40.